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From sample ballots to Congress candidates to polling places, here’s everything you need to know before voting in the Tuesday primary runoff election in Mississippi.
What am I voting on?
You will choose the Republican candidates for U.S. House seats. The Mississippi Coast is part of the Fourth Congressional District. Winners of Tuesday’s runoff will face Democrat Johnny DuPree and Libertarian Alden Johnson in the general election on November 8.
Here are the Republican candidates:
Here is the sample ballot for the Republican Primary Congressional Runoff Election. The second and third congressional districts appear on the sample ballot, but the only race you will see on Tuesday is your district’s candidates, Mike Ezell and Steven M. Palazzo. You are also welcome to write in a candidate.
Can I vote in a Republican runoff?
If you voted for the Republican primary earlier this month or did not cast a ballot in the primary, you are eligible to vote. If you voted in the Democratic primary earlier this month, you cannot participate in tomorrow’s Republican runoff election.
Mississippi does not have early voting, but some voters may qualify for absentee voting. The deadline for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, June 25 at your county circuit clerk’s office, which are required to stay open from 8 a.m. until noon.
Special Election and mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, June 28, to be valid.
The primary runoff election is Tuesday, June 28. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7 p.m. the poll will stay open until you cast your ballot.
Do I qualify for absentee ballot voting?
You may vote by absentee ballot in Mississippi if:
you are out of the country
you have a disability that prevents you from voting in person
you are 65 year of age or older
you are a disabled war veteran
you are a member (or spouse or dependent of such a person) of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross
When you receive your absentee ballot, you should:
read and follow the instructions
sign and date the ballot
mail your voted ballot back to the address on the return envelope.
double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your ballot on time.
Visit the step-by-step absentee ballot voting guide for more information.
Do I need identification to vote?
To vote in person, you must have a photo ID at the time of voting. According to VOTE.org, that ID can be:
A Mississippi driver’s license
A US passport
A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
An employee photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the US government
A photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the US government, the State of Mississippi, or any state government including, but not limited to, a driver’s license of another state
A student ID card containing a photograph issued by an accredited institution of higher education in Mississippi
A US military ID card containing a photograph
A tribal ID card containing a photograph
A Mississippi license to carry a gun containing a photograph
A Mississippi voter identification card containing a photograph
You may use an expired photo ID as long as it is an acceptable form of photo ID and is not more than 10 years old.
How do I find my polling place?
The Secretary of State website makes it easy to locate your polling place in Mississippi. Simply go to the Polling Place Locator website and type in your address. It’s that easy.
If you have trouble using the online locator or have questions about where to vote, contact your county circuit clerk’s office or reach out to the secretary of state’s elections hotline at 800-829-6786.